A Castle in My Town

Clonmel CastleWhen I was a kid, what is now Clonmel Castle was “The Barrett Estate” to those of who lived in Port Dover.  I played with the fairies in the grass on the hill while my parents played lawn bowling on the side yard.  I didn’t know the lady who lived there except that when I was a teenager she would sometimes come to bakeshop where I worked to buy sugar cookies on Saturday morning.

Today I got to visit it again and experience some of the sweet, fairie-spirit which seems to linger along with the generosity of its new owner.  Her willingness to open the property to the public every Wednesday evening all summer is reminiscent of the days gone by when the Barrett family also shared it’s gradeur with the community.

My blog is short tonight because I’m tired but I would love people who know Clonmel to share some of their memories or stories they have heard about Clonmel.  (only good ones please)

Please explore what new owner Lynneee Steffler is offering by visiting a picture page their Facebook page or the link on BBCanada.com.

I am so fortunate to live a community filled with great stores, colourful people, and kindness.

 

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About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises, I work as an "Associate Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and soon to be, spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 20 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. My own passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director. I am studying with the Ontario Jubilee Program. This new field I believe puts all my talents with people into one place which and may​ become something I can continue into retirement. Supporting people is what I do best. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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